|The photograph shows members of Glossop Probus Club, with Frank Dearnley seated third from the right.|
If at first you don’t succeed…
Try, try again is just what Frank Dearnley of Glossop Rotary Club did back in 1970. Frank was President of the Rotary Club and it was the custom for the President to embark on a project that would benefit the community and at the same time reflect the motto of Service Above Self. ‘I chose Probus because I thought it would be an easy project to get started, but it took three years to get the new Probus Club off the ground and running,’ said Frank. ‘The very first mention of Glossop Probus Club was at a Rotary Council Meeting held at my home on 1st September 1970.’ By 1972 little progress had been made and Frank reported that he was rather disappointed that the idea was slow to catch on, despite receiving much support from successive Rotary Presidents.
But Frank was not going to give up easily and his perseverance paid off when on 6th June 1973 sufficient interest had been generated for Glossop Probus Club to hold its inaugural meeting. Now the club has nearly 70 members who enjoy the monthly meetings when either guests or club members speak on a wide variety of informative and entertaining topics. A range of activities, to which partners are invited, cover many interests and recent events have included a guided tour of Manchester airport, Jodrell Bank, the National Coal Mining museum, a bakery and not forgetting the brewery visits, whose popularity has nothing to do with the free samples! The club aims to provide something for everyone and members have even been included in the studio audience for the recent televising of Mastermind in Manchester, though none has taken the hot seat – yet!
Thank goodness Frank Dearnley didn’t give up!
Article published in Probus Magazine, Autumn 2005